WATCH: This baby girl shows us what hearing for the first time looks like

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Melanie Ashton had her camera ready to capture the first time her baby daughter Sienna heard her voice for the first time. (melashton_)
Melanie Ashton had her camera ready to capture the first time her baby daughter Sienna heard her voice for the first time. (melashton_)

Technology has given us many gifts, not least allowing us to capture moments otherwise only accessible via memory. 

We're sure that's how Melanie and Latham Ashton felt about having a camera on hand when they caught this touching moment of their baby daughter, Sienna, hearing for the first time.


Which one of your baby's 'firsts' did you manage to capture on camera? Were you taken by surprise but ready or caught completely off guard but still managed to film the moment? Tell us by emailing to chatback@parent24.com and we could publish your story. Anonymous contributors are welcome. 

Four weeks after her birth, the Ashtons found out that Sienna had sensorineural hearing loss, the most common of all hearing impairments. 

Caused by either damage to hair cells or nerves in the inner ear, the condition affects both adults and infants but in Sienna's case, the impairment is genetic. 

The discovery was made after the little one failed two routine hearing tests, and despite fears that their daughter would never hear or speak, the Ashtons were overjoyed when at two months old Sienna was fitted with hearing aids that gave her the ability to hear. 

After a few months, it became apparent that Sienna grew accustomed to her hearing aids, lighting up the minute they were turned on. 


Sienna's hearing aids have since been replaced by cochlear implants: electronic devices replacing her inner ear, giving the adorable girl an even better experience of the sounds around her. 

Turning one on 4 November, mom Melanie happily reports that Sienna has already said her first word: mum. 

Which one of your baby's 'firsts' did you manage to capture on camera? Were you taken by surprise but ready or caught completely off guard but still managed to film the moment? Does your baby or child have hearing impairment? Tell us by emailing to chatback@parent24.com and we could publish your story. Anonymous contributors are welcome. 

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